Arriving late evening into Chang Rai airport, we were instantly overwhelmed by the calm and peace of Northern Thailand. Having commenced our journey with a few days in Bangkok, the hype and frantic pace still within us from the big city quickly abated.
As we emerged from the baggage collection point, earlier glimpses of a warm smiling face in the arrivals hall brought delight when it then became evident that this young man would be our driver / our escort back to the 'paradise' we would call home for the next four days.
At approx 11pm we arrived at Viang Yonok to a most gracious greeting from Vasanna (the owner) who welcomed us, settled us in with a long cold drink and made sure we were comfortable before heading off.
The following four days we spent at Viang Yonok were nothing short of magical. The serene environment afforded to all guests staying in the bungalows looking across the lake, set amongst a tropical like haven of birds and trees, in surroundings manicured and loved to the enth degree was sheer heaven. Add to this a husband and wife team who treat guests like family and a core of staff who truly love their work; one would honestly believe they are in paradise!
Ian and Vasanna were fantastic; Ian assisted us to hire some scooters and we spent each day scooting the countryside like two kids with new toys. What's that saying about life beginning at 50!!! Vasanna enquired each day about our meal requests for dinner and then went about ensuring a mouthwatering meal was served each evening. Snapper pie to die for ... Vasanna thankyou so much!
Ian is so obliging and knowledgeable with local history and did not hesitate to take us up to a hill tribe atop a local mountain where the 360 degree views were breathtaking. (luckily we found a plastic bag in the car to place our dirty shoes in so Vasanna never got to see the evidence of what we walked through to get to the top :) !!!
Like most tourists, we found ourselves in Chiang Saen to be close to the departure point for the slow boat trip to Luang Prabang in Laos.
What we never expected was to find a truly magical resort in a truly magical little town where staying just one night could never do justice. Our 4 days passed by so quickly and we were not ready to leave when our departure day arrived. Nevertheless we feel so blessed that we have been able to find somewhere that will draw us back ... quite possibly again and again. Viang Yonok is like a gateway to the local history of an area steep in its past with owners who are nothing short of amazing. One night could never be enough to fully appreciate this divine region of northern Thailand. Our short stay provided us with first class accommodation, first class owners with extreme knowledge and insight of their local area and a first class experience that will draw us back for more! With sincere gratitude Ian and Vasanna ... We say thankyou. We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to Paradise. Family run hotel with a 5 star touch at the magical tranquil bird sanctuary of Chiang Saen Lake. Seven private bungalows and garden restaurant. Free; sports club, swimming pool, gym, sauna, high speed wifi, kayaks, mountain bikes, shuttle transport 4 klms to Chiang Saen. Airport, Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong transfers & day trips or tours. No ++ on the rates. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Viang Yonok Chiang Saen
- Hotel Viang Yonok
- Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen